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Nominations call for UK’s PPG Johan Bossuyt trophy

Nominations call for UK’s PPG Johan Bossuyt trophy

The British PPG comps committee are calling for nominations for the Johan Bossuyt trophy, which is awarded annually to pilots who have demonstrated good sportsmanship and selflessness. Belgian pilot Johan Bossuyt sadly lost his life, along with his passenger Bert Declercq, in a flying accident on a tandem trike at his home airfield in 2006. The Johan […]

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Icaro release Square parachute

Icaro release Square parachute

The Square is Iacro’s latest square shaped reserve parachute. It’s made from high-grade UTT fabric with Liros lines. The 38m² parachute weighs just 1.5kg and is certified to take up to 120kg, with a sink rate of 6.5m/s at the maximum load. Icaro say it has a fast opening time and excellent pendulum stability, thanks to its square […]

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Applications open 1 July 2016

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Applications open 1 July 2016

Applications for the 2017 Red Bull X-Alps will open on 1 July this year, according to the X-Alps organisers. They will remain open for two months, until 31 August 2016. Applications can be made via the applications page on the Red Bull X-Alps website. Organisers say applicants need: • Exceptional paragliding skills • Extensive mountaineering […]

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Airfer release SX fold-down trike

Airfer release SX fold-down trike

Airfer’s new SX trike is now available. A fold-down model it packs down small and can be transported in a standard car. Comfortable and stable to fly, the SX fits almost all paramotors on the market. It is sold alone, or in a paratrike version with a motor. This has a detachable propeller protection ring and the engine folds on […]

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Ozone announce new PPG comp wing, the Viper 4

Ozone announce new PPG comp wing, the Viper 4

Ozone have replaced their slalom and classic competition PPG wing with the Viper 4. It’s designed for advanced pilots only, and Ozone say that thanks to its three-line design, optimised unsheathed lines and new advanced profile it pushes efficiency and performance to higher levels. They say it behaves like a free-flight wing in thermic conditions, with very progressive, […]

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New trike and paramotor travel bags from Parajet

New trike and paramotor travel bags from Parajet

British brand Parajet have designed their own trike. It’s based on the Volution 3 paramotor, and can be flown tandem or solo. Built by Parajet’s own master welder Ian Watson, the trike is made from tough and light Reynolds tubing, and available in the same colour range as the V3. The company have also released […]

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Something missing? Advance release Strapless harness

Something missing? Advance release Strapless harness

Advance have taken lightweight harness design a step further, and removed the shoulder straps. The result is the 190g Strapless harness. Designed for mountaineers, and to be used in combination with a rucksack, at first glance the Strapless is little more than a cloth back and some string. On closer inspection it has leg pads for comfort and […]

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Ozone unveil the LM6 lightweight Mantra M6

Ozone unveil the LM6 lightweight Mantra M6

Ozone have unveiled the LM6. It’s the light version of the Mantra M6, certified EN D and designed for serious vol-bivouac adventures. A sleek beast, it has an aspect ratio of 6.9 like the Mantra M6, and is a three-liner with a sharknose profile. Ozone say the overall weight has been reduced to a minimum without compromising the […]

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Women’s World PG triangle record falls

Women’s World PG triangle record falls

Michaela Brandstätter of Austria has filed a claim with the FAI for the women’s World and European triangle distance record, with a 222.8km triangle from Grente Alm on 21 May 2016. Michaela’s flight can be seen on XContest.org, above. She flew an EN-C AirDesign Volt 2 Superlight, and it would appear she launched before 9am for her […]

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Nova’s compression bag for larger wings

Nova’s compression bag for larger wings

Nova have released their waterproof compression bag in a larger size, to fit wings up to size M. The fully waterproof and lightweight (140g) bag is popular with vol-bivouac pilots, to protect their wing (or sleeping bag) from dirt, sweat and water. It’s more effective than a waterproof rucksack cover, Nova say, when hiking in the […]

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Liberty2fly release Slalom lightweight trike

Liberty2fly release Slalom lightweight trike

Libert2fly have released a new trike, the Slalom. It weighs just 9kg and breaks down into five parts for easy transportation. It is made of TIG-welded steel, with adjustable brackets allowing it to be fitted with almost any paramotor. The picture shows the trike with the powerful Polini Thor 250. The front axle can be moved fore and aft […]

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Video: AirDesign launch new Vita 2 video, EN B

Video: AirDesign launch new Vita 2 video, EN B

AirDesign’s new video for the Vita 2, their entry-level EN B wing, has hit the web. Sit back and enjoy… They say: Never before has flying been this easy and relaxed than with the new VITA2. With the simplest starting behaviour, direct handling, combined with top-level stability providing the highest comfort level available in flight…

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Honorin Hamard flies 342km Gourdon to Lake Geneva

Honorin Hamard flies 342km Gourdon to Lake Geneva

Paragliding World Champion Honorin Hamard flew an incredible 342km through the French Alps on Saturday 21 May. Flying an Enzo 2 he took off from Gourdon in sight of the Mediterranean, and landed 11 hours later on the shores of Lake Geveva in Switzerland. An amazing flight! Explore the tracklog here

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Video: Incredible fly-and-ski on the Dachstein

Video: Incredible fly-and-ski on the Dachstein

Helmut Eichholzer and Chris Reinecker launch from the Gaisberg, 1,300m, above the city of Salzburg, Austria, and fly 60km to land on the Dachstein Glacier. Packing skis and crampons they climbed to the summit, skied down the other side, and then bivvied the night. In the morning they launched onto the south face at 10am […]

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122km on a tandem paraglider in Finland

122km on a tandem paraglider in Finland

Finnish pilot Hermanni Keinänen has filed a claim with the FAI for a 121.9km tandem ‘straight distance to a declared goal’ European record. He and passenger Tero Tikkanen, flew a GIN Fuse 41 from Ylivieska to Hoisko in Finland on 11 May 2016, a five-and-a-half hour flight. Finland might not be the first place to come to […]

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Gradient announce release of Nevada 2

Gradient announce release of Nevada 2

Gradient have announced the release of their latest intermediate cross-country paraglider, the Nevada 2. A three-liner EN-B wing, it comes with a high degree of passive safety and is designed for long XC flights. Gradient say it’s a well-behaved wing with pleasant, precise handling, and is suitable for occasional pilots and ambitious cross-country hunters. It will be […]

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Video: Sneak preview of Ozone’s Zeno

Video: Sneak preview of Ozone’s Zeno

Ozone’s Russell Ogden flew a proto of the Zeno at the North South Cup in the UK, May 2016. We got to fly alongside the Zeno over two tasks of 200km and 150km. No release date has been confirmed by Ozone, who say they never know when a wing is finished – until it’s finished! […]

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Video: tips and tricks for tandem pilots

Video: tips and tricks for tandem pilots

Herminio Cordido and Ozone have produced a great video for tandem pilots. Watch and learn!

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Estrela XC Challenge – win up to € 2,000

Estrela XC Challenge – win up to € 2,000

Fly a top flight from Serra de Estrela in Portugal, and you could win some serious cash to go with that satisfied glow. Manteigas-based Clube Vertical, supported by the mayor of Manteigas, are running the Estrela XC Challenge to promote free-flying in the area. The comp runs from 7 May to 30 October 2016, and the top prize (for […]

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Ozone SwiftMax performance tandem

Ozone SwiftMax performance tandem

A serial version of Ozone’s SwiftMax high-performance tandem is now available, aimed at experienced tandem pilots looking for a lightweight wing for cross-country adventures. The 41m² SwiftMax is based on the Swift 4 solo wing, and has a weight range of 150-210kg. Ozone say it offers the glide performance, sink rate, handling, and speed of a solo […]

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